The other day, I started thinking about my taste in dramas and I realized that it has changed quite a lot over my drama-watching career. Having watched dramas for years now, it only makes sense - tastes change all the time, be it with music, books or films. But what's interesting is that it has changed not just in the sense of what kind of dramas I watch, but perhaps even more in the sense of how I enjoy to dramas in general.
Newlyweds Song Jae Rim and Kim So Eun of MBC's variety show We Got Married snuggle up close to each other in the long-awaited pictorial for the upcoming December issue of Allure.
While their marriage is merely a romantic make-believe created for us hopelessly gullible fans, I definitely see lots of real chemistry between the pair which could easily be made use of in a future drama project. Or so we all wish.
Park Shin Hye is one of my favourite Korean actresses to model for fashion photo shoots. Although the actress usually plays innocent and youthful roles in dramas, she's very often a total opposite in her fashion pictorials - sexy, confident and feminine. The same goes for her these three pictorials below.
In the November's issue of @star1, Shin Hye is sultry yet elegant and ladylike, posing in beautiful dresses that show off her legs, shoulders and back.
A while back, Shin Hye also modelled for W magazine, looking flirty and self-assured in chic autumn fashion.
In addition, the actress also took time to pose for AGATHA Paris' new Fall/Winter jewelry collection.
The November issue of Sure magazine features girl group Kara member Gyuri in a stunning retro-themed photo shoot. The idol singer looks absolutely mesmerizing in doll-eye make-up and the 60's half-updo hairstyle.
Actress Kang Sora recently modelled for her very first lingerie photo shoot in the recent October issue of 1st Look. The pictorial is sexy yet tasteful, allowing Kang Sora's own confidence and natural beauty shine through above all.
In addition, the actress also posed with her Misaeng co-stars Im Shi Wan, Lee Sung Min and Kang Ha Neul in a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan.
Guys, THE MOST GLORIOUS thing has happened! Two of my most favorite things from two different corners of the entire entertainment world have somehow ended up in a collaboration. Did Christmas arrive early this year?
But seriously though, I first heard about the collaboration few weeks ago and I was anxiously waiting for it to get released. And here it finally is - The Walking Dead meets Hallyu! Well...kinda as it's not really about zombie-killing K-pop idols (that would be awesome too), but just the fact that the project involves Steven Yeun is more than I ever could have wished for!
Apparently, the crew behind this collaboration is Be Funny Studios that has done a few other collaborations between American and Korean stars before (Anna Kendrick with f(x) and Rita Ora with HyunA), which is great because funny videos are a great way of bringing fans together.
While I can't post What's Eating Steven Yeun? videos here, all three short episodes can be watched on Be Funny Studios website, so be sure to check that link out. And even if you're not a fan of The Walking Dead or Steven, you can still watch it because it requires no previous knowledge about either. Just watch, and you'll love it. I promise, now GO WATCH IT!
It has been a while since the last Drama Check-In and I have lots to talk about. Since that last post, I've dropped several shows from my currently-watching list, added a lot of new dramas to fill the empty slots, and even managed to check one drama as "completed". Yup, I've been keeping my drama-schedule rather busy. In fact, it's been so busy that I'm gonna post ANOTHER Drama Check-In sometime after this one because I still have more shows to talk about and one post just isn't enough to cover all of them.
Today's Video of the Day is kind of a throwback edition as my pick comes from year 2009 which was actually five years ago, can you believe it? God, time flies. Anyways, while YG is trolling fans with cryptic math equations in the interwebs and not giving any updates on that Big Bang comeback that was supposed to happen AGES ago (Sorry for being pissy, but I just think it would be awkward if they released the album when I'm like 80 and my grandchildren are like, "Gran, what's that weird music you're listening to? Wait, why are these old Asian people wearing guyliner?"), I found myself searching Youtube for Big Bang videos and came across this awesome live performance that I had forgotten about.
The song is "A Good Man" from Big Bang's mini album Stand Up (2008). It is actually one of my favourite songs ever from the group and I still listen to it to this day. It has a unique sound to it and despite being a more serious song, it doesn't veer too much into the dramatic ballad territory.
The performance is amazing. What I like most is how all of the members seem really into the song, but of course T.O.P. in particular. The man seems his normal statue-like self at the beginning of the performance, but once his part comes up he delivers his raps with fierce passion and dedication. It's just so magnificent. And for our convenience, the video also includes English translation of the lyrics which, by the way, were written by T.O.P. himself.
Yup, this little blog has finally turned three! First of all, I should probably clarify that Between Wor(L)ds' official birthday was actually 5 days ago, on October 27th. But since I had just come down with a nasty cold, I really couldn't focus on writing anything on that day nor for the next few days either. So for the sake of it, let's just pretend that I'm posting this on time. I gotta admit that there's something oddly grand about the number three. What I mean is that it sounds like a pretty important milestone, even for such a small blog like mine. And when I think about it, the number three itself reveals quite a lot about me.
So as I was in the spirit of the All Hallows' Eve, I thought it would be fun to make a small list of the creepiest K-drama moments.
We all know that most K-dramas are all about the cute fluff but, looking back, I can actually recall quite a few scenes from different dramas that sent real chills down my spine.
These moments that I gathered together aren't the typical jumpscare scenes from horror dramas involving ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, in fact, I intentionally tried to avoid including horror dramas in this list. Instead, I looked for scenes from different dramas of different genres, focusing more on things like the atmosphere, the acting and the emotional impact of the scene, which perhaps are the key aspects of a truly spine-chilling K-drama moment.
Some of the moments in this list were legitimately scary, while othersjust caught me really off-guard. The rest? Well, those were just plain creepy.
[SPOILER ALERT! (Some spoilers for It's Okay, It's Love, White Christmas and The King 2 Hearts. No ending spoilers, just spoilers for a few important plot points.)]
Here's a quick post that I hope will make up a little bit for not being that active on my blog these days.
As you all know, I'm a fan of BTS and I've talked a lot about them in these Video of the Day posts, which probably is starting to bore you by now. But I just HAD TO post (not really, but let's just go with it okay?) their recently released music video for "War of Hormones" from their Dark & Wild album.
I was really hoping that this song gets a music video because I kinda like it even more than "Danger". I am glad that my prayers were answered and the song finally got a music video, which actually turned out to be even cooler than I expected.
I love how the video connects the choreography with the plot, without cutting out to separate dance sequences as is usually the case with most K-pop MVs. I think it's a really clever way of executing a video with both story and dance.
And it's overall just a super fun music video to watch, further solidifying my love for BTS.
So there's this new little blogging award going around, called The Sunshine Award. I gotta admit I'm pretty glad I was nominated (thank you kindly Chunkeemonkeeato from Musings of a Chunkeemonkeeato and Conan from We Eat Lemon!) because a little bit of sunshine is exactly what I've been craving for during these rainy and grey autumn nights.
Some of you who have been watching the wacky mermaid drama Surplus Princess might recognize this song I've chosen for today's post. That's right, Kim Yoon Ah's "Going Home" is the mystery song that was played in the scene where Hyun Myung's character was contemplating suicide in the drama's second episode.
Shin Min Ah and Jo Jung Suk model together for this lovely pictorial for InStyle, promoting their upcoming romcom My Love, My Bride. It is a remake of the 1990 Korean film of the same name, depicting the story of a freshly married couple. Following the theme of the movie, the pictorial gives us a glimpse of the on-screen lovers enjoying the honeymoon phase of their marriage.
In the upcoming October issue, fashion magazine Céci celebrates its 20th year since launching with a pictorial of Miss A member Suzy who, as matter of fact, will be turning 20herself (21 in Korean age) next month. In this photo shoot, Suzy displays her doe-eyed beauty and sultry allure as she poses in fancy outfits and romantic setting.
Taecyeon, who is known to be one of the dorkiest members in 2PM, shows his fun-loving personality in this fresh photo shoot for GEEK's second anniversary issue. Yet despite the wacky poses, the singer still looks all kinds of suave and charming.
I woke up today to seeing this awesome poster of Park Si Yeon for The Greatest Marriage on my newsfeed and I knew I had to share it here.
While the teaser trailers, which I talked about in my previous post, were perhaps not that eye-capturing and exciting, this poster sure is. At first sight it kinda looks like a promotional picture for a noir genre movie with a strong sexy femme fatale character who's out for revenge. But then you see the baby in her hands and realize how it fits within the context of the drama.
I am glad to say that after an unfortunate drug abuse controversy last year, actress Park Si Yeon is returning to acting with a new drama.
The drama in question is The Greatest Marriage. It is about a star news anchor Cha Gi Young (Park Si Yeon) who unexpectedly becomes pregnant and decides to be a single mom. Gi Young is ambitious and capable when it comes to her job, but her career takes a hit when everyone finds out she's having a child out of wedlock. Because her boyfriend Park Tae Yeon (No Min Woo) is far from being ready to be a daddy, Gi Young chooses to accept single motherhood, even though her life gets considerably more complicated in result. While her character rejects the idea of marriage, she will have a romantic relationship with her coworker and rival Jo Eun Cha (Bae Soo Bin).
Welcome back to Drama Check-In. I wasn't planning to post another one so soon, but dramas don't wait and since I watch so many at once, I still have lots to discuss. So let's talk some dramas, shall we? Also, keep in mind to read the sections for dramas you're at least as caught up with as I am, so you won't be exposed to any spoilers.
Yes, more BTS. And you better get used to that because it seems I keep making Video of the Day posts all about them lately.
To celebrate the beginning Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), the group released a special dance practice version of the title track "Danger" from their first full album Dark & Wild.
The funny thing is, the members are dressed in hanboks for this performance. I guess it sounds kinda ridiculous, considering that "Danger" it's a hip-hop song with pretty aggressive choreography, but that's obviously the point. Which is why the result is this super adorable video. Enjoy!
While the interwebs is going crazy over Big BangT.O.P.'s topless scene in Tazza: The Hidden Card, I will give you the T.O.P. we all know and love - the fully-clothed T.O.P.
Although I like the man in any shape and form, I cannot deny that I've grown to love his quirk of wearing long sleeves and layers upon layers at all times, even during summertime. And I love it especially because that doesn't stop him from continuously being voted as one of the sexiest stars in K-pop, and last year not only in K-pop but in the entire world!
So when you've stopped oogling at pictures of the bed scene in Tazza 2 that are spreading on Twitter, let us once again celebrate the guy, who proved us that sexy does indeed come from within, with these three pictorials for Harper's BAZAAR, Max Movie Magazine and High Cut.
After some serious legal troubles last year, actress Park Si Yeon returns to the spotlight.
Park looks wears a beautiful long figure-flattering gown on the pages of Woman Chosun, looking breath-takingly gorgeous. Meanwhile, Marie Claire's pictorial takes her to Las Vegas, where she poses in various locations with CARLYN bags to keep her company.
Cable network OCN has been a home for dark and stylish crime thrillers for a while now, consistently bringing something entirely different to the table in drama land. While I'm personally not a big fan of the crime genre, it certainly makes me happy that at least one channel produces dramas for that kind of audiences.
The newest addition to OCN's crime drama collection will be Bad Guys. The series will revolve around a police detective Oh Goo Tak (Kim Sang Joong) who is given a task to form a special team of criminals that can help police forces to catch other baddies still roaming around. The three criminals who make the team are: gangster Park Woong Cheol (Ma Dong Suk), contract killer Jung Tae Soo (Jo Dong Hyuk) and genius psychopath Lee Jung Moon (Park Hae Jin). Also to join them is police inspector Yoo Mi Young (Kang Ye Won).
Indeed, the upcoming KBS drama Iron Man sounded kinda ridiculous from day one, but after releasing two first teasers and official posters the whole thing just looks plain stupid.
Apparently, the 20-episode action-romance drama promises a lot of angst and man pain. The hero, played by Lee Dong Wook, is a wealthy man who develops an ability to sprout knives from his body because of the hurt he carries in his heart (???). He starts out as heartless and arrogant, but grows into a better person when he falls in love with a woman with a bright personality (Shin Se Kyung) who helps to heal his wounded heart.
As some of you might know, I've become a pretty big fan of BTS over the course of just a few months.
Ever since I first heard "Just One Day" and "Boy in Luv" back in April, I've been consistently listening to them. The boys also just came out with their first studio album "Dark & Wild". I've listened to the full album and I think it's pretty darn awesome, particularly when you remember that they're still rookies.
Anyways, BTS presented their new album on this awesome showcase event I've posted above.
Oh, Witch's Romance, how I wish I could have loved you more? From time to time, there are dramas I start watching with such enthusiasm, but later on either drop them in disappointment or continue watching with lukewarm feelings. Witch's Romance belongs in the latter group as I enjoyed it a lot at first, but grew increasingly unsatisfied with it by the end. That is not to say, I didn't have good times with this drama. I certainly did, and I'll be writing quite extensively about those in the following review. I can't even say it was a bad drama because it started nicely and it ended nicely. But for me, it never really recovered from the appearance of one irritatingly boring second male lead. So while I'm thankful to Witch's Romance for introducing me to Park Seo Joon, in the end, I guess we weren't quite meant to be.
Ban Ji Yeon (Uhm Jung Hwa) is single 39-year-old woman, who no longer believes in true love after her ex-fiance No Shi Hoon (Han Jae Suk) disappeared from her life on their wedding day. Instead, Ji Yeon is fully immersed in her job as a reporter for a tabloid magazine, not even minding that her co-workers call her a "witch" because of her controlling no-nonsense personality. Then one day, Ji Yeon's paths unexpectedly cross with the 25-year-old kind and hard-working Yoon Dong Ha (Park Seo Joon), who begins working as a part-timer at Ji Yeon's workplace. Although their relationship is rocky at first, the two soon become close and are forced to acknowledge the growing attraction between them. SPOILER ALERT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
MBLAQ's maknae Mir is certainly not letting his hyungs overshadow as he poses for these two new pictorials. He displays his well-toned muscles for SURE and performs various stunts for Men's Health, giving Lee Joon a run for his money in the battle of hottest K-pop chocolate abs.
In case you guys occasionally do check out my Currently Watching page, you probably have a rough idea which dramas I've been following lately and how I'm reacting to them. But as you know, I don't post much about them aside from occasional first impressions (or Tweeting Dramas posts) and reviews. Since I'm watching so many dramas at once right now, I thought it would be easier to give you a little update on them in one compact little Drama Check-In.
It amazes me how Seo In Guk manages to so swiftly switch between his boyishly playful side and masculine charm in these two pictorials for September'sMarie Claire and July's InStyle. The actor looks cool and flirtatious on some photos, while he embraces his natural cheekiness on others. No wonder the guy is such a heartthrob.
Finally back from military, actor Lee Je Hoon shows a variety of expressions in recent photo shoots for Singles and High Cut.
The actor is reminiscent of a sexy movie villain in the cover shots for the 10th anniversary issue of Singles, where he's smirking somewhat mysteriously. He shows a slightly different kind of intensity in the pictorial for High Cut's Vol. 131, but looks nevertheless hypnotic.
The latest issue of Cosmopolitan takes up-and-coming actor Yoo Yun Suk to Bali for a weekend getaway, dressing him in chic resort attire. The actor oozes charisma as he poses at the luxurious holiday location.
Lee Jong Suk recently took a trip to New York city for a photo shoot in the upcoming September issue of InStyle. Looking confident in casual chic attire, the actor shoots dreamy glances at the camera. Yup, I dare you not to swoon.
In a beautiful pictorial for September's issue of Vogue, Kang Dong Won and Song Hye Kyo have a lovely date in the romantic city of Paris. The two stars can also be seen in the upcoming family melodrama movie My Brilliant Life which comes out next month.
While I had no doubts about Kang and Song looking absolutely gorgeous together, I am a little surprised at their natural chemistry. Not only do they make a stunning couple, the two seem to be having a lot of fun goofing around as well.
These days I feel like there are too many dramas airing. I'm already behind with most of my dramas that are currently airing (not to mention those that I'm trying to complete from the previous seasons) and new ones keep coming out. Of course, I justhave to check them all out at once, which is obviously a mad decision on my part.
So forgive me if I don't have time to write First Impressions for all those new dramas I'm watching. At this busy drama season, it feels impossible.
As a consolation gift, here's another Tweeting Dramas post for the first episodes of Discovery of Romance and My Secret Hotel. Curiously enough, the two dramas have quite similar premises, but I did like one of them better than the other.
I mean...here's T.O.P. looking as magnetic and handsome as ever in the official ads for Khawah French Cafe CF. Why there's so much Photoshop on some of these pictures is beyond me because this man (nor his coffee cup) needs no Photoshop, but it's still T.O.P. and that's all we care about.
While everyone elsewho's watching Fated to Love Youis gaga over Jang Hyuk, I am trying to console my aching fangirl heart with pretty pictures of Choi Jin Hyuk. Thankfully, Cécianswered my prayers with this breezy pictorial. Although wearing a little more colour than usual, Choi Jin Hyuk still looks suave. I'm not saying pink is my favourite colour on a guy, but the actor sure has a way of making it look good on him (he's even working it seamlessly on the drama set).
As I was watching the two first episodes of the new and wacky tvN drama Surplus Princess, I couldn't help but take screencaps and post them with my reactions on Twitter, as I oftentimes do.
In order not to let these tweets go to waste, I thought why not make a little post about it and share them in my blog. In that way, those of you who are not on Twitter can see what I'm up to when I'm not blogging. Another plus is that now I don't need to do a separate First Impressions post about the drama as these tweets already convey my immediate impressions of the series. And well let's be honest - I'm just lazy.
In this Lyrical Day edition, I will be sharing the awesomeness of HA:TFELT's "Ain't Nobody". You might notice while reading that I will be doing slightly more talking today because I won't just be focusing on the lyrics, but also give my thoughts about the whole song, including the music video and choreography. Rather than being just a tribute to beautiful lyrics, today's post is more like a mini-review of sorts.
I almost didn't watch Let's Eat. The premise didn't really catch my interest that much at first. Korean cuisine is yummy, but in my experience most dramas that are centered around cooking/eating tend to get rather repetitive. Oftentimes there isn't much plot besides the foodstuff, which means there's no reason to torture myself by craving after dishes that I've never even heard about, much less know how they even taste (or most importantly, food that I cannot have!). So, as a genre, food dramas don't really have a particular appeal to me, or at least not in the way some other genre dramas might (e.g music dramas). Yet, against all odds, I decided to watch the show and even more surprisingly happened to love it. It resonated well with me, so well in fact that I found myself more engaged in a drama that I have been in a while.
Lee Soo Kyung (Lee Soo Kyung) is a 33-year-old single woman, who lives alone in an ordinary apartment complex and has a passion for food. She works in a lawyer's office, where her celf-centred and overbearing boss Lawyer Kim (Shim Hyung Tak) annoys her with menial tasks. Having divorced when she was in her twenties, Soo Kyung has no intention of marrying again. Instead, she prefers to live her life in peaceful and happy solitude. But her solitude comes to an abrupt end, when the unexpected death of a lady in the apartment starts off her reluctant acquaintance with the two neighbours living right next door - the cheerful Yoon Jin Yi (Yoon So Hee) and the smooth-talking Goo Dae Young (Doo Joon from BEAST). SPOILER ALERT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Epik High's "Umbrella" featuring singer Younha was first released back in 2008, along with an artistic music video. It is one of my favourite Korean rap ballads of all time. What makes this the perfect time to discuss the song today is that Younha just recently released a solo remake of "Umbrella" and achieved her first #1 single on Gaon Charts. Although the original remains my favourite, I am also linking Younha's solo version here as I warmly recommend that one as well.
Park Shin Hye and Yoo Yun Suk make one gorgeous couple in August's Céci. Dressed to impress, the two actors look youthful yet sexy as they pose together, drawing some attention to the upcoming winter season movie The Royal Tailor, where they are cast as king and queen.
Although it is the middle of the summer season, I kinda feel like K-pop hasn't really gotten into the summer vibe yet. I mean, there haven't been many songs with light summer concepts if you think about it. For instance, f(x) made their comeback with the edgy "Red Light", while BEAST's "Good Luck" and Infinite's "Back"are kinda on the dramatic side. In my opinion, there is a serious lack of K-pop songs that are justFUN.
Which is why the latest release called "Solo Day" from the quirky boy group B1A4 is exactly what I've been waiting for - catchy, upbeat and laid-back. "Solo Day" is an all-around feelgood kind of song. And the accompanying music video also stands out with its pure awesomeness. It was filmed in California in an open location and features lots of beautiful camera shots. In the video, each of the members play a different role - pizza delivery boy, flower boy vagabond, OCD guy, space geek and couch potato. But the best part is, there are UFOs! Now, how about that?
I warmly recommend you guys to check it out for yourselves, cause I can pretty much guarantee you'll be loving it.
Apparently, Mamamoo is a four-member rookie girl group who made their official debut with "Mr. Ambiguous" last month, and I have to say that I'm very impressed. These girls could totally rival SPICA with their vocals and they seem to carry lots of sass as well.
Summer drama season has fully kicked off and there are so many new releases to be discussed that I hardly know where to start. I've spent the last week and a half trying to catch up with the new dramas. In this post, I'll be tackling High School King of Savvy and Fated to Love You, giving my overall thoughts on their first episodes. I'll probably do another Mini-Impressions post on other new dramas I've checked out recently, so stay tuned for more.
Also, a small disclaimer. I won't be commenting much on the plots of these two dramas as I expect those who read this post to already know what the shows are about. These are just my reactions and thoughts about the first episodes, without any further explanations. Hopefully you don't feel too confused.
Actress Jo Yoon Hee is almost unrecognizable in her sun-kissed tan for this month's issue of Cosmopolitan. Last time I saw her, she was sporting a bowl cut in Nine: Nine Times Time Travel. But in this summery pictorial, Jo Yoon Hee is breath-taking and seductive as she poses in nautical-inspired fashion.
Big Bang's T.O.P and Wonder Girls' ex-member Sohee have been chosen as the endorsement models for Reebok Classic. Though I'd say that they're looking oddly sullen in this pictorial. A smile would sell the product better, I think.
Attention everybody! There's a new young hottie in town and he's ready to rival your biases in the never-ending list of K-crushes.
Yup, heartthrob Park Seo Joon models for the newest issues ofHigh Cut and Elle, looking mighty fine. If that gaze doesn't get you, then please kindly go and watch him romance Uhm Jung Hwa in Witch's Romance. That should definitely do the trick.
Actress Park Si Yeon, who was caught in a propofol scandal last year, is apparently already returning to television. In last year's October, she received suspended sentence of eight-month prison term, which she could avoid by being on a two-year-probation and not committing any other offence during that time. Having been pregnant at the time of the controversy, Park took time off after that and spent it with her newborn baby girl and close family.
As I am preparing to watch the Korean version of Fated to Love You, I am so glad that I came upon this lovely pictorial of Jang Nara for the last month's issue of Woman Chosun. The eternally youthful actress wears the creations of the fashion designer Ji Chun Hui, looking gentle and elegant in them.
After School member Nana, who's currently among the cast of SBS's variety show Roommate, poses in white and cobalt blue for the July issue of Vogue Girl. She also graces the pages of the previous issue of High Cut (Vol. 127), wearing Furla's beautiful handbags.